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Moving to the country and starting country life
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sherry    Posted 01-01-2003 at 09:18:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi we are moving to the country next year after living city life for almost all our lives, but we are looking forward to this new way of living, please if someone will email me and talk to me about country life i would be so happy, thanks.

WallSal55    Posted 01-02-2003 at 09:24:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's so peaceful and quiet, can be isolating at times--so plan to stay connected to people in some way that you prefer. (church, picnics,
helping out a neighbor, card clubs, shared
hobbies or interests w/others away from home)

Tom a    Posted 01-02-2003 at 05:39:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Sherry, welcome.

You have any plans or ideas other than just moving out here? I mean, are you interested in growing crops, raising any animals, or just buying a place "in the boonies" to be by yourselves? You need the place to pay a profit, or cover expenses, or are you 'comfortable' and looking for a hobby place?

The country is a great place, and everything everybody has said so far is true. But you should decide what you want to do before you look to buy a place because most places are more suited to a few things and not to others.

So if you care to share your own thoughts and interests (and fears) first, somebody here probably has lots of experience with it and can give you good advice.

Lynn Miller's book "Buying and Setting up your small farm" is a good one on how to look, buy, and get started.

Good luck. Have fun.
Tom A

Ana    Posted 01-01-2003 at 16:00:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think Deadcarp hit upon the hardest thing--learning to slow down. We take life a little slower out here, and prefer it that way. Have a good sense of humor and laugh at yourself and life a lot. Don't be put-off if neighbors watch you for awhile before deciding to be friendly--we're just figuring out whether you are going to be a problem or not. And when you are new, it always helps to listen more than you talk--country folks love to talk so if you're a good listener--great, a new audience!

Inspector Gadget    Posted 01-01-2003 at 15:35:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
A couple of words of advice before moving. Get rid of any Europeon autos that you might have, especially if they are BMW's or Volvos. Country folk don't like any of that stuff but a Chevy Cavalier is OK (even though they are a throwaway item). Second, no trendy-shaped sunglasses, that'll label you quicker than a city person could imagine. Get rid of any bicycle over 3 speeds, and even a 3-speed is risky unless it's over 40 years old. Definitely no mountain bikes that's for sure. And last of all, no Spandex anything, lots of stinky wool socks are good though and a polkadot hanky sure wouldn't hurt either. Last of all, never (and I repeat NEVER) drive an SUV to town because SUV owners are selfish people who only think of themselves and never help anyone else out, even though it might be a 4X4 and you deliver babies. Just thought I'd help you out before you raise some eyebrows down at the General Store.

Ron/PA    Posted 01-01-2003 at 10:08:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Sherry, welcome to the country, I'm sure in the future you will find that "COUNTRY" is more a state of mind, than a physical location, (just ask Cowboy Joe) When you get to the farm, you will still have the same aches and pains X 10 and if you are going to plant crops, or raise animals, you will need to cultivate your sense of humor,, some days it is the only thing that will keep you sane!!!!!
Good luck, ask your questions, and enjoy the new life.

DeadCarp    Posted 01-01-2003 at 09:45:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Sherry,
You'll get more info by reading message boards and websites than by email. Thing is - there are so many parts to living that it's hard to sum up, and most country folks only have so much time to visit. We've been back home for 12 years and just starting to re-learn the hang of lotsa things, so it'll take awhile. That's part of country living too - first thing you have to learn is slowing down. It's like the difference between driving a road, then walking it. Believe me, there's a lot missed by man-made schedules - seasons are nature's schedules! :)

BOSS    Posted 01-01-2003 at 09:28:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
We moved out to the country last year at this time, and if nothing else, I am enjoying the quiet, calm, easy going, wide open, dirt road, be as loud as you want, walk around with no clothes on if you want, living.
The extent of our country living work has only been cutting wood for the outdoor furnace, oh, and planting grass. We haven't got into any small farming, or raising any animals....yet.
I'm sure you will enjoy it. everybody that comes out here to visit says it is heaven out here, they wish they could do it.

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